February 21, 2011

Majlis Mesra Gong Xi Fa Cai 2011 @ MBPJ


The Petaling Jaya City Council (Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya MBPJ) held a Majlis Mesra Gong Xi Fa Cai 2011 to celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Rabbit from 7 pm to 11 pm on Saturday 19th February 2011 at the open-air car park of its headquarter in Jalan Yong Shook Lin.

Gong Xi Fa Cai is a chinese way to wish happy chinese new year to people.

More than 3,000 people from all races and walks of life thronged the new year celebration and enjoyed themselves to the food, drinks and cultural shows.

Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim who arrived to officiate the event was given a resounding round of applause by the crowd.

The highlight of the celebration was the street procession from the car park to the Section 52 town centre and back.

The event under the Local Agenda 21 (LA 21) banner saw a bigger crowd this year than previous year and was a positive way to instill the muhibbah spirit and foster good relations among the various races of Petaling Jaya residents.

Special Thanks to Lim Key Lin for contributing some photos to this post.




The Chinese New Year 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit. Visitors to the Majlis Mesra Gong Xi Fa Cai @ MBPJ were greeted by the auspicious Rabbit mascot and God of Prosperity.


Kelana Jaya Rukun Tetangga (RT) chairman Sanggat Singh Peshi (left) and MBPJ One Stop Centre (OSC) unit head Lee Lih Shyan (in red t-shirt) posing with the rabbit mascot and God of Prosperity.


A booth allows visitors to win a prize for guessing the right answers to the riddles written on cards.


2,000 packs of nasi beriani ayam goreng (fried chicken beriani rice) were prepared for visitors.


There were also assam laksa (spicy noodle soup) and mandarin oranges for visitors.


Free drink from the sponsors: F&N Dairies provides Fruit Tree orange fruit juice and teh tarik (hot tea beverage) drinks.


Dairy Champ and Nestle provide free teh tarik (hot tea beverage) and Nescafe coffee drinks.


Aman Suria Residents Association pro-tem chairman Wendy Chan (front row, left) and her team at the Majlis Mesra Gong Xi Fa Cai @ MBPJ.


The pretty smile of the MC and the two clowns making balloon sculptures for children.


Malaysians of all races at the Majlis Mesra Gong Xi Fa Cai @ MBPJ.


A dragon dance troupe welcoming Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim and the other VIPs upon their arrival at the Majlis Mesra Gong Xi Fa Cai @ MBPJ.

A rousing lion dance welcome for Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.
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MBPJ One Stop Centre (OSC) unit head Lee Lih Shyan (left) greets Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.


Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, his wife Puan Sri Salbiah Binti Tunut, and Petaling Jaya city mayor Datuk Bandar Dato' Mohamad Roslan Sakiman and other VIPs posing with the lions.


From left: MBPJ councillor and organizing chairperson Tiew Way Kheng, Puan Sri Salbiah Binti Tunut, Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, Petalign Jaya city councillor Datuk Bandar Dato' Mohamad Roslan Sakiman, State Exco for Health, Plantation Workers, Poverty and Compassionate Government Dr. Xavier Jeyakumar and Kelana Jaya MP Loh Gwo-Burne.


A cute girl posing with the dragons.
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Section 21 SEA Park Residents Association (RA) committee member Susan Chan serving drinks to visitors at the Majlis Mesra Gong Xi Fa Cai 2011 @ MBPJ.
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There was excitement at the arrival of Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim who was given a resounding round of applause by the enthusiastic crowd.


Everyone extends their hands to greet Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.


Many people got the chance to meet and greet the Mentri Besar TanSri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim at the event.


A young child greeting Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.


Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim spending some time with the disabled group who were not left out of the celebration.


A lion danc performance for the VIPs.


Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim receiving a platter of pomelo and mandarin oranges from the lions. Accompanying him is Petaling Jaya city mayor Datuk Bandar Dato' Mohamad Roslan Sakiman.
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Petaling Jaya city mayor Datuk Bandar Dato' Mohamad Roslan Sakiman extends sincere wishes of Gong Xi Fa Cai to all who celebrate Chinese New Year.
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Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim in his address greets everyone with blessings for a good year. Standing behind him is Petaling Jaya city mayor Datuk Bandar Dato' Mohamad Roslan Sakiman.


Section 21 SEA Park Residents Association (RA) chairman Gan Keng holding a MBPJ flag.


Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim flagging off the procession.


Pretty women in traditional outfits adorn the parade floats.


A dragon dance troupe dancing along Jalan Yong Shook Lin.


Dragon dance symbolizes the bringing of good luck and success for everyone in the new year.


The Pasukan Kawad Penguatkuasaan MBPJ (MBPJ Enforcement Drill Team) standing at attention during the procession.


The Eight Immortals of Chinese mythology taking part in the street procession.


Section 21 SEA Park Residents Association (RA) committee members Yap Kim Lin (left) and Wendy Khoo pushing disabled people sitting in their wheelchairs during the procession.


The God of Prosperity handing out goodies to the visitors.


One of the Eight Immortals of Chinese mythology giving out ang pow containing a chocolate piece inside.


From left: Petaling Jaya Selatan (PJS) MP Hee Loy Sian, Petaling Jaya city mayor Datuk Bandar Dato' Mohamad Roslan Sakiman and Puan Sri Salbiah Binti Tunut.


Among those present were Selangor State Assembly deputy speaker Haniza Takha (second from right) Subang MP R. Sivarasa (right) and Kelana Jaya MP Loh Gwo-Burne (centre). On the left is SS2B Rukun Tetangga (RT) chairperson Lee Kwee Cheng (in red t-shirt).


The evening’s showcase included a Malay traditional dance...


.. a solo singing by a pretty damsel.


.. a mask-changing performance.


..an acrobatic show from Szechuan, China and many other interesting lineup of activities.
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